One of the four models confirmed for local introduction this year, the others being the European Car of the Year winning 3008, the all-new 5008 and Traveller MPV, the 2008, from a visual perspective, benefits from a new grille similar to that of the 308, new bonnet, headlights with chrome surrounds, black under-bumper scuff plates, new LED taillights, roof rails and an integrated roof spoiler.
Underneath the skin, changes are minimal with the biggest being the availability of Peugeot's Grip Control system on the flagship GT-Line model, offering a choice of four settings; Normal, Snow, All-Terrain and Sand. Depending on the mode selected, the system varies traction between the front wheels, with the traits of a limited slip diff being simulated in All-Terrain mode to prevent bogging down.
Ground clearance is rated at 165 mm with a choice of 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels, the latter wrapped-up in special M+S all-terrain tyres.
As per Peugeot's current trends, the 2008 gets the Lion brand's latest i-Cockpit interior layout, with pride of place being a new seven-inch touchscreen display incorporating Bluetooth, USB, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as satellite navigation on the GT-Line only.
In addition, the instrument cluster offers three central display options with either a white LED display on the base Active model, white matrix on the mid-range Allure spec, and a colour matching matrix on the GT-Line. Background colouring also differs and mirrors that of the French flag with a white hue for the Active, blue for the Allure and red for the GT-Line.
Cargo capacity is a claimed 410-litres or 1 400-litres with the rear seats folded down, while standard items on the Active consist of electric windows all around, folding electric mirrors, daytime running LEDs, cruise control, cooled glovebox, rear parking sensors, six airbags, ABS with EBD and ESP, and a six-speaker sound system.
Moving one up, the Allure adds the aforementioned 17-inch alloys, cornering foglights, part-leather seats, rain sense wipers and two-zone climate control, while the GT-Line gets a model specific bodykit, black interior and exterior detailing and leather.
Up front, the single only normally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine makes way for a 1.2-litre three-cylinder e-THP PureTech turbo and a 1.6 HDI turbodiesel.
Restricted to the Allure and GT-Line only, the downsized petrol develops 81 kW and 205 Nm, linked to a six-speed automatic gearbox, claimed to consume unleaded at a rate of 5.4 L/100 km and emit 121 g/km of CO². Top speed is 188 km/h with the 0-100 km/h dash taking 10.1 seconds.
Offered in Active and Allure guises, the 1.6-litre oil burner churns out 68 kW and 230 Nm, with drive, like the petrol, going to the front wheels only but this time through a five-speed manual 'box. Fuel consumption is a claimed 4.0 L/100 km and emissions 103 g/km, with 0-100 km/h taking 11.5 seconds and top speed pegged at 181 km/h.
A three year / 100 000 km warranty and three year / 45 000 km service plan are standard on all models.
|2008 1.6 HDI Active||68 kW / 230 Nm||R274 900|
|2008 1.6 HDI Allure||68 kW / 230 Nm||R299 900|
|2008 1.2 e-THP Allure AT||81 kW / 205 Nm||R324 900|
|2008 1.2 e-THP GT-Line AT||81 kW / 205 Nm||R349 900|